Hed -- Awakening in Pacoima

Pacoima has an awful image an area where gangs and drugs predominate, a place of low income, high unemployment and little hope. It's not insignificant that the people who attach such labels to Pacoima tend to live far, far away from Pacoima. Talk to the business people and residents of that San Fernando Valley community, as reporter Jeannette DeSantis does in this month's Spotlight feature, and you get a somewhat different perspective...

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